In Niskayuna, three current board members are running at large with Debbie Gordn seeking a second term on the board, Deavid Hudson seeking his fourth term and President Jeanne Sosnow seeking her third term.
Currently president of the board, Jeanne holds a BSBA from Bucknell University. She is president of the Capital District School Boards Association. Since moving to Niskayuna in 1990, Jeanne has been president of the PTO Council, Birchwood PTO and High School PTO and was on the Shared Decision Making Committee at Iroquois. She was a teaching assistant before being elected to the school board in 2004. She serves on numerous committees, including Policy and Audit, and is active in N-Cap and the Community Coalition. Jeanne and her husband Peter have three daughters who graduated from Niskayuna High School.
Why are you running for school board?
I wish to continue serving the community and to use the experience I have gained to keep the district strong academically and fiscally. I want to advance academic opportunities for students at all grades to best prepare them for the success after high school.
If elected, what do you hope to accomplish?
School districts in NY will face significant financial challenges next year and I hope to minimize the impact on instruction and student programming through creative problem solving and innovation. As the construction project ends, I would like to focus on long range planning for instruction, facility maintenance and other initiatives.
What is your opinion of the 2010-11 school budget?
This is a sound budget constructed with input from all levels. It focuses on instruction and enhances recent initiatives while making necessary reductions to keep the tax increase low. It makes responsible use of district reserve funds to prepare for the fiscal challenges coming in 2011-2012.
What would you bring to the school board?